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Report: Rob Ryan’s Saints contract limits his contact with the media

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New Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been known to run his mouth from time to time. The Saints reportedly want to limit how much Ryan can run his mouth to the media.

Andy Fenelon, a senior editor at NFL.com, wrote on Twitter that Ryan’s contract with the Saints says Ryan can’t talk to the press unless he gets approval from Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.

Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post saw that report and responded that it would be a violation of the NFL media policy, which requires assistant coaches to be available to the media at certain designated times.

Something doesn’t add up here. The NFL wouldn’t approve a contract that contained terms violating the NFL’s own rules, so if Ryan’s contract violates the NFL’s media policies, then the league office is going to have something to say about it. I have requested a comment from Bensel about whether he really does have to give prior approval before Ryan can talk to the media.

UPDATE 12:55 p.m. ET: Bensel says the report is 100 percent false.

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13 Responses to “Report: Rob Ryan’s Saints contract limits his contact with the media”
  1. doe22us says: Feb 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    lol, the only way you can shut up a loud mouth.

  2. sfsaintsfan says: Feb 10, 2013 11:43 AM

    The contract probably says something to the effect, “Ryan must get prior approval to talk to the media from Greg Bensel, except during per-arranged times when assistant coaches must be available for media contact as required by the NFL media policy.”

    No “interviews” at 3AM on Bourbon Street, etc…

    I am just interested to see if the 2013 Saints Defense can be a top 20-25 Defense. That is all they really need, a Defense that is average to bad, just not godawful putrid. If Rob Ryan can do that, the Saints can make another Super Bowl run in 2013.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 10, 2013 11:49 AM

    Contract requires Rob to limit his contact with media to verbal exchanges. Any use of fists, feet, baseball bats or thrown objects is prohibited.

  4. gregmorris78 says: Feb 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    “The NFL wouldn’t approve a contract that contained terms violating the NFL’s own rules…”

    Ask Washington and Dallas…

  5. kattykathy says: Feb 10, 2013 12:11 PM

    Now if Woody would PLEASE do the same to Robs brother.
    Again, P L E A S E !!!

  6. mark0226 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:16 PM

    Simple solution. Bensel gives approval for NFL required exposure to the media.

  7. dcsween says: Feb 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    League approves contracts that violate league rules all the time, like the ones for Haynesworth and Hall to the Skins in the capped uncapped year, its just that its not a violation until after its inconvenient for the League.

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 10, 2013 12:29 PM

    They can’t be any worse than last year and they ended up 7-9.

    I challenge any poster on here to make the claim that their team could do better than 7-9 after having to deal with everything the Saints went through last year.

  9. hlna55 says: Feb 10, 2013 12:47 PM

    Wish I could get a job where i was PAID not to talk LOL That’s worse than another team paying 1/2 a player’s salary to play somewhere else against them.

  10. macdaddyspeed says: Feb 10, 2013 12:52 PM

    the less heard or seen from the diva coaches, the better.

  11. raiderinva says: Feb 10, 2013 12:54 PM

    Everyone thought that Al Davis was a crazy control freak when he restricted Rob Ryan from any media contact. Al had Rob wrapped so tight that he could not even talk to the fans.

  12. trickbunny says: Feb 10, 2013 12:55 PM

    Translation: “We really didn’t want to hire you, but we didn’t see any better options- so please just quietly do your job and don’t embarrass us on a weekly basis by opening your mouth. Thanks.”

  13. raiderapologist says: Feb 10, 2013 1:21 PM

    The Saints could just tell him to keep his fat trap shut or he will be out of a job in five minutes.

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